SINGAPORE – After a full day of competition, Nathan Schrimsher (Roswell, N.M.) ended in 13th place in the boy’s modern pentathlon competition at the 2010 Youth Olympic Games in Singapore. Schrimsher finished with 4,216 points in the 24-athlete field on Sunday.
“I didn’t feel good with my running,” Schrimsher said. “Once I found out my time, I wasn’t that happy, and my shooting wasn’t its best either. The fencing was ok, and my swimming I was a second off my best time.”
Schrimsher was tied for seventh after the fencing – his favorite event of those contested at the Youth Games – as he posted 12 victories to 11 defeats. In the 200-meter freestyle swim, he clocked a time of 2:08.31 and finished in ninth place. His combined run and shoot ended him in 17th place with a time of 12:02.95.
Schrimsher battled back from a recent stress fracture in his right foot to compete in Singapore.
Two recent changes to the sport may have been the biggest adjustment for all competitors. Last year, the format of modern pentathlon changed to combine the running and shooting events. And, for the first time in the sport’s 98-year history, laser technology was utilized in an Olympic event. Laser pistols replaced the traditional pellet-firing air guns in the shooting portion at the Youth Olympic Games.
“I haven’t had whole lot of time to practice with [the guns] – only a week,” Schrimsher said of using the laser guns. “Everyone had the same amount of time, so I’m not blaming that. It’s faster – you don’t have to load the pellet. Maybe you anticipate the shots sooner. But, you still want to go with the same technique that you use with the pellet gun.”
The boy’s gold medal went to Dae Beom Kim of Korea, who collected 4588 points. Ilya Shugarov of Russia (4568) took silver and Jorge Camacho (4548) of Mexico won bronze.
Schrimsher, 18, graduated from high school this year and is attending Eastern New Mexico State University. He qualified for the Youth Olympic Games on Dec. 8, 2009, when he finished third at the Youth Olympic Games Qualification event in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
On Saturday, U.S. modern pentathlete Anna Olesinski (Roswell, N.M.) narrowly missed the medal podium with a 4th-place finish during the girl’s pentathlon competition with 3,984 points.
Both Schrimsher and Olesinski will have another day of competition with the mixed relay event, which will be held on Tuesday, Aug. 24. Each relay team will be comprised of one boy and one girl. Find more information on the mixed relay format HERE.
About Team USA
The U.S. Team in Singapore is comprised of 82 athletes in 18 sports, the maximum number of qualified U.S. athletes. Team USA is competing in aquatics (swimming and diving), archery, badminton, basketball, boxing, equestrian, fencing, gymnastics, judo, modern pentathlon, sailing, table tennis, taekwondo, track & field, triathlon, volleyball, weightlifting and wrestling. Complete information on Team USA can be found at youtholympicgames.teamusa.org.
About the 2010 Youth Olympic Games
Singapore is hosting the inaugural Youth Olympic Games from Aug. 14-26, 2010, as young athletes age 14-18 compete in 26 sports and take part in the Culture and Education Program. Approximately 3,600 athletes from around the world will participate, and all 205 National Olympic Committees will be represented. The Singapore 2010 Youth Olympic Games aim to inspire youth to embrace, embody and express the Olympic values of excellence, friendship and respect. More information can be found at www.singapore2010.sg.